By Correne Martin
Eastman native Terry Kramer was among the American prisoners of war captured in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. He spent 157 days, mostly in captivity.
“There were 11 of us. We weren’t physically tortured at all. They did feed us. We had fish, rice, dog—if you can believe it—and green bananas.”
Kramer went into the service in January 1967. He went to Vietnam in January 1968 and his unit was in charge of distributing supplies along the Mekong River.
“We went into Cambodia and took a wrong turn. That’s when we were captured,” Kramer said.
The Australian Embassy ambassador negotiated for the release and repatriation of Kramer and his fellow detainees in December 1968.
A book was even written by Neil Manton in 2007 about these prisoners of war, called “Strange Flowers of the Diplomatic Vine: U.S. Detainees in Cambodia.”